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Apple iPhone 15 Series Preview: All You Need to Know About Apple's 2023 iPhones

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Latest iPhone Launch: Apple Releases iPhones for 2023

If you want a new phone in Singapore, there’s a good chance that you might be looking at getting an iPhone from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL).

This is because the Cupertino-based company is our country’s leading mobile vendor, with 28.71 per cent of the smartphone market share:

Source: Statista | Market share of mobile vendors in Singapore from 2014 to 2021

With the iPhone’s popularity in Singapore, you might have one eye on today’s (13 September 2023) iPhone 15 series launch.

Here’s all you need to know!


TL;DR: Apple iPhone 15 Lineup Preview — iPhone 15 Release Date, Prices, Specs, Colours and More

Base Model 2023 Plus model 2023 Pro model 2023 Pro Max Model 2023
Product Apple iPhone 15 Plus Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
MSRP from $1,299 from $1,459 from $1,649 from $1,999
Image
Colors Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, Black Black Titanium, White Titanium, Blue Titanium, Nature Titanium
Display Super Retina XDR
6.1″ OLED
2556 x 1179 pixels at 460 ppi
60 Hz refresh rate
Dynamic Island
Super Retina XDR
6.7” OLED
2796 x 1290 pixels at 460 ppi
60 Hz refresh rate
Dynamic Island
Super Retina XDR
6.1” OLED display
2556 x 1179 pixels at 460 ppi
120 Hz refresh rate
Dynamic Island
Super Retina XDR
6.7” OLED
2796 x 1290 pixels at 460 ppi
120 Hz refresh rate
Dynamic Island
SoC Apple A16 Bionic (4 nm) Apple A17 Pro (3 nm)
Memory 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB
microSD
Main camera 48 MP | f1.6 aperture | 2.0 µm pixels | sensor shift OIS 12 MP | 2x telephoto (enabled by quad-pixel sensor) 48 MP | quad pixel sensor | 2.44 µm pixels | f1.78 aperture | 24 mm focal length | sensor shift OIS
Ultra-wide angle 12 MP | f/2.4 aperture | 13 mm focal length | 120° FOV 12 MP | f/2.2 aperture | 1.4µm | 13 mm focal length | Macro
Telephoto lens 12 MP | f/2.8 | 77 mm focal length | 3x optical zoom | sensor shift OIS 12 MP | f/2.8 | 120 mm focal length | 5x optical zoom | sensor-shift OIS
Selfie 12 MP | f/1.9 aperture | autofocus
Audio Stereo
Battery life Video playback: 20 hours
Video (streaming): 16 hours
Audio playback: 80 hours
Video playback: 26 hours
Video (streaming): 20 hours
Audio playback: 100 hours
Video playback: 23 hours
Video (streaming): 20 hours
Audio playback: 75 hours
Video playback: 29 hours
Video (streaming): 25 hours
Audio playback: 95 hours
Charging Wired: 20 W
MagSafe: 15 W
Qi: 7.5 W
Wired: 20 W
MagSafe: 15 W
Qi: 7.5 W
Robustness IP68 Ceramic Shield, aluminium frame IP68 Ceramic Shield, titanium frame
Connectivity eSIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3, UWB, satellite eSIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3, UWB, Satellite
Dimensions and weight 147.6 x 71.6 x 7.80 mm | 171 g 160.9 x 77.8 x 7.80 mm | 201 g 146.6 x 70.6 x 8.25 mm | 187 g 159.9 x 76.7 x 8.25 mm | 221 g

Source: nextpit

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What’s New About the Apple iPhone 15 Lineup

Today (13 September 2023) announced the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus:

Source: Apple | iPhone 15 & 15 Plus Lineup

And the new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max:

Source: Apple | iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max lineup

To help you get a feel for these phones, here’s a quick spec comparison from nextpit:

Apple iPhone 15 Specs Overview

Base Model 2023 Plus model 2023 Pro model 2023 Pro Max Model 2023
Product Apple iPhone 15 Plus Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
MSRP from $1,299 from $1,459 from $1,649 from $1,999
Image
Colors Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, Black Black Titanium, White Titanium, Blue Titanium, Nature Titanium
Display Super Retina XDR
6.1″ OLED
2556 x 1179 pixels at 460 ppi
120 Hz refresh rate
Dynamic Island
Super Retina XDR
6.7” OLED
2796 x 1290 pixels at 460 ppi
120 Hz refresh rate
Dynamic Island
Super Retina XDR
6.1” OLED display
2556 x 1179 pixels at 460 ppi
120 Hz refresh rate
Dynamic Island
Super Retina XDR
6.7” OLED
2796 x 1290 pixels at 460 ppi
120 Hz refresh rate
Dynamic Island
SoC Apple A16 Bionic (4 nm) Apple A17 Pro (3 nm)
Memory 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB
microSD
Main camera 48 MP | f1.6 aperture | 2.0 µm pixels | sensor shift OIS 12 MP | 2x telephoto (enabled by quad-pixel sensor) 48 MP | quad pixel sensor | 2.44 µm pixels | f1.78 aperture | 24 mm focal length | sensor shift OIS
Ultra-wide angle 12 MP | f/2.4 aperture | 13 mm focal length | 120° FOV 12 MP | f/2.2 aperture | 1.4µm | 13 mm focal length | Macro
Telephoto lens 12 MP | f/2.8 | 77 mm focal length | 3x optical zoom | sensor shift OIS 12 MP | f/2.8 | 120 mm focal length | 5x optical zoom | sensor-shift OIS
Selfie 12 MP | f/1.9 aperture | autofocus
Audio Stereo
Battery life Video playback: 20 hours
Video (streaming): 16 hours
Audio playback: 80 hours
Video playback: 26 hours
Video (streaming): 20 hours
Audio playback: 100 hours
Video playback: 23 hours
Video (streaming): 20 hours
Audio playback: 75 hours
Video playback: 29 hours
Video (streaming): 25 hours
Audio playback: 95 hours
Charging Wired: 20 W
MagSafe: 15 W
Qi: 7.5 W
Wired: 20 W
MagSafe: 15 W
Qi: 7.5 W
Robustness IP68 Ceramic Shield, aluminium frame IP68 Ceramic Shield, titanium frame
Connectivity eSIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3, UWB, satellite eSIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3, UWB, Satellite
Dimensions and weight 147.6 x 71.6 x 7.80 mm | 171 g 160.9 x 77.8 x 7.80 mm | 201 g 146.6 x 70.6 x 8.25 mm | 187 g 159.9 x 76.7 x 8.25 mm | 221 g

Apple iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus New Features

This year’s release is rather intriguing as it introduces the new iPhone 15, which shares many similarities with the iPhone 14 Pro. Essentially, Apple aims to bring some of the high-end Pro features to a broader audience while maintaining the same price point as the iPhone 14 models.

The key enhancements in the new iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, drawn from the previous Pro models, include:

  • A Dynamic Island display
  • The powerful A16 Bionic processor used in the iPhone 14 Pro
  • A 48MP primary camera, although the iPhone 15 still features a dual-camera setup
  • Support for pixel binning technology, allowing for high-quality 24MP photos from 48MP shots
  • A 2x software-based Telephoto zoom, achieved through computational photography using the 48MP image
  • Next-generation portrait photography capabilities
  • An aluminium build with a glass back infused with colour
  • 2nd-generation Ultra-wideband UWB connectivity for improved location tracking and near-field communications (NFC)
  • Support for the new Qi2 wireless charging standard, along with MagSafe wireless charging
  • A transition to USB-C, bidding farewell to the Lightning connector.
Source: Apple

The biggest feature change, in my opinion, is that Apple has abandoned the Lightning connector and changed it to USB C.

This was the first time since 2012 that the company had replaced the connector of its iPhone series due to pressure from the European Union (EU) which mandated that all portable electronics sport a universal connector by the end of 2024 to reduce e-waste and simplify life for consumers.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max New Features

Those with bigger wallets might be looking at the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max:

Source: Apple

Apple has dedicated its efforts to enhancing the iPhone 15 Pro series user experience and capability through cutting-edge processors. This year’s release introduces the all-new Apple A17 Pro chipset, which marks a significant milestone as the first consumer product to adopt the advanced 3 nanometre manufacturing process. This innovation allows for a higher transistor density, resulting in a performance boost and improved energy efficiency compared to its predecessors.

Here are the key features of the iPhone 15 Pro that distinguish it from the non-Pro model:

  • Constructed with aerospace-grade Titanium and a textured matte glass back.
  • It is powered by the A17 Pro processor, featuring a potent new GPU and a neural processing engine.
  • Equipped with USB-C connectivity supporting USB 3 transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps.
  • Introduces an Action button, which replaces the traditional Silent switch.
  • Retains ProMotion and Always-on Display technology, consistent with previous Pro-grade models.
  • Boasts a pro-class tri-camera system, with the Pro Max edition exclusively offering a 5x Telephoto camera featuring a 120mm focal length.
  • Incorporates Spatial Video capture capabilities, particularly compatible with the Vision Pro headset.

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Apple iPhone 15 Price

In terms of pricing, the surprising thing is that Apple has priced these phones generally cheaper than their iPhone 14 lineup, save for the top-tier Pro Max models:

ModelPrice (128GB)Price (256GB)Price (512GB)Price (1TB)
iPhone 14
Launch price
$1,299$1,469$1,799
iPhone 15$1,299$1,459$1,779
iPhone 14 Plus
Launch price
$1,499$1,669$1,999
iPhone 15 Plus$1,499$1,609$1,929
iPhone 14 Pro
Launch price
$1,649$1,819$2,149$2,479
iPhone 15 Pro$1,649$1,809$2,129$2,449
iPhone 14 Pro Max
Launch price
$1,799$1,969$2,299$2,629
iPhone 15 Pro Max$1,999$2,319$2,639

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iPhone 15 Alternative: Phone 14 vs iPhone 15

If you are looking for an iPhone alternative, there’s honestly nothing like the combination of hardware, software and ecosystem that Apple provides with its phones.

Instead, you’ll probably look at an older, discounted iPhone 14. These models are now being sold at a discounted price, with the standard iPhone 14 now starting for $1,149, and the Plus edition is available starting from $1,299:

Source: Apple | iPhone 14 lineup

However, you’ll need to consider that the main iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models include some of the notable features from the iPhone 14 Pro, such as the powerful A16 processor, a 48MP main camera, and the Dynamic Display, this year’s iPhone 15 lineup offers significantly better value compared to last year’s iPhone 14 models.

taking into account the pro-level enhancements in the iPhone 15, along with improvements like USB-C support, enhanced wireless charging, and more. If you are getting a new iPhone, It makes more sense to opt for the iPhone 15 instead of the iPhone 14 for a superior overall experience and better value.

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Apple iPhone 15 Release Date (Singapore): iPhone 15 Pre-Order and More

If you are looking to get an iPhone 15, you’ll be glad to know that the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will be available at all major retailers and telcos for pre-order from Friday (15 September 2023, 8pm).

iPhone 15 Retail Availability

Whereas wider retailer availability for the iPhone 15 will start next Friday (22 September 2023).

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iPhone 15 SIM-Only Plan

Additionally, if you are looking to buy the phone outright, you might want to check out our comprehensive SIM-Only Plan comparison to save some money on your telco bill:

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iPhone 15 Deals and Promotions

If you want to save even more money, you should look to purchase the iPhone 15 with cashback credit cards or miles credit cards, as Apple usually does not have any pre-order promotions or deals:

If you are in no rush to buy a new phone, you could wait a few days after the retail launch and search for people selling their re-contracted iPhones on Carousell. Since they got the phone for cheaper, they would usually sell it a bit lower than the retail price.

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